Kaminagahara Castle

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Kaminagaharajō ('Upper Nagahara Castle') was the original residence of the Nagahara Clan before it was destroyed by flooding and the clan relocated to Nagaharajō. Kaminagaharajō was built by Nagahara Muneyuki at the end of the 14th century or in the early 15th century. See Nagahara Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Although no remains can be seen of Kaminagaharajō today, excavations in 2002 revealed that the castle was protected by a 100m long dorui (earthen embankment) up to 4m tall, and a moat which was 9m wide. These ruins, thought to have surrounded the castle's second bailey, have now been developed over with housing. Kaminagaharajō is now the site of a school; there is a marker for the site somewhere on the school grounds.


Castle Profile
English Name Kaminagahara Castle
Japanese Name 上永原城
Founder Nagahara Muneyuki
Year Founded Late 14th Century to Early 15th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui (destroyed), Karabori (destroyed)
Visitor Information
Access Yasu Station on the Biwako Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Yasu, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 5' 2.22" N, 136° 2' 25.40" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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